My original intention was just to paint one sloth but I enjoyed it so much I got carried away and ended up doing three paintings!
This is how I painted them below. They are all painted in Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic on box canvas.
First of all I hate working on a white canvas so I painted the canvas a neutral grey all over. I wasn't intending to keep the grey background but it worked so well against the colours of the sloth's fur that I kept it in the end. I gridded up the canvas and the photo that I was working from so that I could enlarge the sloth image onto the canvas and now I'm all set to start painting!
I laid in a rough idea of the sloth with a light mix of water and an acrylic colour called parchment, which is great for animal fur, so that I could get an idea of the shape.
Adding a few more darks to the fur, I always work by adding paint all over the painting and never working too much in one area.
Gradually building up the paint and adding a few more details. I'm trying to keep the direction of the paint strokes always going in the same direction as the fur so that it looks more realistic and has a sense of movement. Also I like to use a large brush so that I don't get caught up in too much detail and also get some lovely paint strokes showing in the painting.
Almost there, just strengthening the lights and darks and adding a tiny bit more detail. I like to have a strong contrast between the lights and darks in my paintings as it makes it more dynamic.
The finished painting and the two other sloth paintings I couldn't resist doing too to then make a Sloth Triptych!
|Sloth Walk - acrylic painting on canvas|
|Hanging Sloth - acrylic painting on canvas|
|Sloth Reach - acrylic painting on canvas|
I really enjoyed painting these sloths and loved having fun with the paint in their fur, might be tempted to do a few more soon!